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Covanta Overview

Morristown, NJ
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CVA)
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to provide sustainable waste and energy solutions to ensure no waste is ever wasted.

At Covanta we believe the materials discarded every day should be utilized to their fullest potential to preserve the world’s valuable resources and ... Read more

Covanta – Why Work For Us?

We Help Communities Generate Energy from Waste

Garbage In - Money Out: Covanta

Covanta (pronounced Coh-van-tuh) is an internationally recognized owner and operator of Energy-from-Waste (EfW) (also known as waste-to-energy or WTE) and renewable energy projects and has provided reliable and sustainable municipal solid waste (MSW) management to communities since 1986. We operate over 40 state-of-the-art facilities that convert everyday trash into clean, renewable energy for communities around the world. Covanta’s North American facilities supply electricity for  approximately 1 million homes. We consider EfW-generated energy to be renewable because the MSW we use in our process is consistently replenishable and all of the energy recovered by the EfW  process preserves natural resources and avoids secondary impacts from mining and the combustion of those resources.

Better for the Environment

Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and generate, in combination with our other renewable energy facilities, approximately eight percent of America’s non-hydro renewable electricity. As part of the process, we recover over 400,000 tons of metal annually for recycling that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. Covanta supports recycling and supports programs that enable communities to recycle as much as possible. Studies have shown that communities that have an EfW facility typically enjoy higher recycling rates than the national average.1 Why? Processing MSW at Energy-from-Waste facilities for energy generation (steam or electricity) offsets, on average, one ton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for every ton of waste processed. This occurs by avoiding energy generated from fossil fuels, methane produced by decomposing trash at landfills (methane is an extremely potent GHG - about 25 times more than carbon dioxide) and recovering metals for recycling.

Safe Operations

Health and safety at Covanta Energy is a priority at our Energy-from-Waste facilities and other operations around the world. Covanta’s health and safety commitment helps maintain consistent productivity and work quality that supports our reputation as the energy-from-waste leader. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta owned and/or operated facilities. Covanta is among the top ten companies in the U.S. to enter the majority of its operating locations into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs.

Community Involvement

We take pride in being a good corporate citizen. Each of Covanta’s North American EfW facilities is involved in a variety of local community programs. Our community programs are centered mainly around waste disposal and recycling. Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist in cleaning up local rivers, streets, parks, in addition to, participating in local household hazardous waste programs. We also sponsor programs to support local sports teams, food pantries, scholarships and cell phones for soldiers programs. In general, we collaborate with our communities to protect and improve the environment.

Why work for Covanta

Covanta provides stable, well-paying green careers at our Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities, other renewable energy projects and corporate offices. Our goal is to recruit and retain individuals interested in carrying out our commitment to excellence and fully embrace our working guidelines, which include maintaining safe working environments that provide for professional development, reward for great work, ensure fair compensation, promote diversity and creativity.

Every day, our professionals meet the increasing demand to provide sustainable waste disposal and renewable energy, while reducing greenhouse gases. At Covanta, we believe that our energy-from-waste and other renewable energy projects are sound solutions to critical every day challenges. That's why joining Covanta Energy is a career opportunity and not just a job. Covanta offers a diversified environment where shared goals and performance standards lead the way in our industry.  We encourage and reward our employees by offering competitive benefits, training, recognition, and career development opportunities.

Be a part of the solution to environmental challenges facing our world - explore career opportunities with Covanta today.

When you work with an industry leader, you learn to expect more. Covanta is proud to offer the best pathways for you to achieve career satisfaction.  We foster an environment that emphasizes cooperation and partnership – encouraging and rewarding our employees by offering competitive benefits, training, recognition and career development.

Covanta offers a comprehensive benefits package effective on date of hire, including health and welfare, financial, family and professional development. All full-time employees and their eligible dependents, along with eligible part-time employees can enroll in the following benefits:



The Covanta Energy Savings Plan helps our employees to prepare for retirement, while providing the flexibility to meet more immediate financial demands if needed. Through our generous savings plan, employees can save money on a before tax basis and also receive company matching contributions that immediately vest to your account and choose how to invest your money among a variety of professionally managed investment options. Covanta also provides automatic company contributions to the savings plan for all eligible employees without an individual contribution. Participation in the savings plan is effective on the date of hire for all eligible new employees.

Health and Welfare Benefits

Medical Plan

Effective on your date of hire, eligible full-time and part-time employees can expect excellent medical benefits. Covanta offers two options for medical coverage to allow employees to choose the plan that meets their needs. All medical plans include vision coverage for routine eye examinations, glasses and/or contacts along with prescription drug coverage, including retail and mail-order options.

Prescription Drug Plan

Full-time and part time employees automatically receive prescription drug coverage as part of the medical coverage. The plan offers both retail (30-day supply) and mail-order (90-day supply) pharmacy benefits.

Vision Plan

Full-time and part-time employees automatically receive vision benefits which provide coverage for eye exams, eyeglass lenses and frames, and also covers a portion of the cost for contact lenses. The plan’s network of providers includes private practitioners, as well as the nation’s premier retailers. The vision plan also offers laser vision correction with a discount off the retail price or off the promotional price when obtained through a network provider in the U.S. Laser Network.

Dental Plan

Dental benefits offered include in-network and out-of-network coverage, as well as orthodontia benefits for dependent children. Full-time and part-time employees can enroll in this benefit.

Life Insurance

For all full-time employees, Covanta automatically provides you with a basic life insurance benefit at no cost. Basic life insurance coverage also includes an equal amount of basic accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance. Employees may also elect to have supplemental life and AD&D. Part-time employees can enroll in supplemental life, supplemental AD&D, spouse life, child life, and family AD&D.


Work, Life and Family

Eligible Covanta employees receive generous vacation days based on years of service, 10 company paid holidays per year and undefined sick time. We also a variety of programs and resources to help employees focus on their overall well-being such as employee assistance and wellness programs. The wellness component of the program includes a confidential health risk assessment, personal health coaching, a nurseline, and discounts on products and services at participating merchants.

Other benefits available to eligible employees include:

  • Adoption assistance
  • Auto and homeowners insurance program
  • Educational assistance
  • Financial planning
  • Flexible Spending Accounts Program
  • Group legal program
  • Long term care insurance
  • Short term disability and long term disability insurance
  • Training and development programs

Working for Covanta

Covanta is dedicated to influencing a positive work culture through improving the environment, supporting the waste disposal and energy needs of the communities we serve and maintaining safe operations. We accomplish this by encouraging employees to participate in our corporate sustainability efforts in which we are committed to the environmental, social and economic prosperity of the communities we operate in.

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    I have been working at Covanta full-time (More than a year)


    Interesting work with an array of people from different backgrounds working to grow the business


    Old ways lead to same results

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    Keep looking forward and drive growth and exciting opportunities

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    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Covanta (Providence, RI) in November 2017.


    Submitted online. Receive a phone interview from HR a few days later. Was told that they would be discussing me with the hiring manager within a day or two. Never heard back, e-mailed HR twice and left a message with no response back at all.

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